The Department of Motor Vehicles is not allowed to give out the private information of motorists, including their address, to a private party. The Drivers Privacy Protection Act was enacted in 1994, in part because of the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989 by a deranged fan who obtained her address through her license plate number.Know More
Prior to the passage of the DPPA, an individual could go to the local DMV with a license plate number and pay a fee to obtain the personal information of the car's owner. Because of the misuse of this information, the DPPA was implemented by the federal government.
If an individual has an issue with another driver and obtains the license plate number, a report can be made in person or online with the local police department. The police can investigate the incident but cannot provide the other driver's name or personal information.Learn more in DMV & Records
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles allows security guard companies, private investigators and insurance companies that have their names and addresses on file with the state to run license plates through a subscription service. The state no longer allows other businesses or individuals to conduct these searches.Full Answer >
There are many ways to find a car's owner by using the license plate number, including getting its VIN number from a government smog site and asking the smog shop that worked on the car for information about the owner. Individuals can also fill out a Request for Record Information form or consult a state database if applicable.Full Answer >
The owner of a vehicle can be revealed by inputting the license plate number into a search engine on a research website. Search Quarry and Vehicle Data Registry both allow users to search using a license plate number. These websites use records from DMV, court, corrections and vital statistics databases, according to The Law Dictionary.Full Answer >
A person can find out if a driver's license is suspended by contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the state that issued the license. Contact methods vary by state.Full Answer >